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RICH JAMES: Legislature hasn't delivered on government reform

RICH JAMES: Legislature hasn't delivered on government reform

Former Gov. Mitch Daniels will tell you one of his proudest accomplishments was his appointment of former Gov. Joe Kernan and Chief Justice Randall Shepard to chair the Local Government Study Commission.

March 05, 2014 12:00 am
MARC CHASE: Doing right apparently pays off in E-911 consolidation

MARC CHASE: Doing right apparently pays off in E-911 consolidation

Who knew doing the right thing actually pays off? It happened in Lake County this week to the tune of about $1.3 million in taxpayer savings, according to government estimates.

February 20, 2014 12:00 am

Merrillville Town Council approves E-911 plan

MERRILLVILLE | The Merrillvile Town Council on Tuesday signed on to the E-911 consolidation agreement. The council in a unanimous vote agreed its dispatch center will close by Dec. 31, 2014. The next day the town will merge into a single countywide communications network mandated by state l…

December 10, 2013 10:00 pm
RICH JAMES: Good government would take major overhaul

RICH JAMES: Good government would take major overhaul

What if Hammond had three mayors? Or Valparaiso? Or Crown Point?

May 08, 2013 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Legislature must focus on unfinished work

On two issues -- sentencing reform and local government reform -- the Indiana General Assembly took a step in the right direction this year, but not far enough.

May 01, 2013 12:00 am
EDITORIAL: Review entire structure of county government

EDITORIAL: Review entire structure of county government

The Indiana General Assembly appears to be planning to take another look at the structure of county government this summer. It's a good idea.

April 03, 2013 12:00 am Related

County racing against curtain call at Opera House

VALPARAISO | The Porter County Board of Commissioners declared an emergency last week that allowed them to bypass the bidding process and hire a contractor for up to $225,000 to address water infiltration problems threatening the 119-year-old Memorial Opera House.

December 09, 2012 12:00 am

PHIL WIELAND: Would a vampire reality show reflect poorly on county

More real than any reality show ever seen on TV before: it's Porter County Government on Parade.

November 16, 2012 12:00 am
County candidates square off in forum

County candidates square off in forum

VALPARAISO | Candidates for contested Porter County Council and commissioner seats pretty much agreed with each other Tuesday night during a forum sponsored by the Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce.

October 23, 2012 8:45 pm

Hospital opening frees up $160 million for county

VALPARAISO | Five years after the sale of the county hospital, members of the Porter County Board of Commissioners and Council gained access Saturday to the $160 million in sale proceeds.

August 28, 2012 12:00 am

County could be nearing deal to extend utilities to hospital site

VALPARAISO | It looks as though the county may be nearing a deal to help fund Chesterton's effort to extend utilities south on Ind. 49 near where the new hospital is being built.

February 21, 2012 9:00 am

EDITORIAL: Local government reforms make sense

Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman's legislative agenda for local government reform should have been introduced earlier, for more thorough public discussion than this short session allows. However, there are elements of her plan that make sense.

January 09, 2012 12:00 am

Insurance costs force slash to 2012 budget

VALPARAISO | A proposed $41.8 million county general fund budget for 2012 with 2 percent raises was whittled down to $37.1 million with no raises during an almost two-hour Porter County Council meeting Thursday.

October 27, 2011 9:00 pm

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July 29, 2011 3:19 pm

Lake County tax panel trims appeals backlog

CROWN POINT | Lake County Assessor Hank Adams said the retooled Lake County Property Tax Board of Appeals already has cut a four-year-old backlog of old cases by 25 percent.

April 29, 2011 2:00 pm

County jail medical, phone pacts up for bid

CROWN POINT | Lake County commissioners are putting two contracts to provide medical care and telephone service in the Lake County Jail up for competitive bidding in coming months.

March 23, 2011 4:15 pm

EDITORIAL: Put jail medical care up for bid

New Lake County Sheriff John Buncich is looking to put his imprint on Lake County Jail, and that includes the medical care there.

March 23, 2011 12:00 am
MARK KIESLING: Transparency in government should become contagious

MARK KIESLING: Transparency in government should become contagious

From federal to local levels, government was designed to have a series of checks and balances, not be given a blank check on a "trust me" handshake.

January 31, 2011 12:00 am

Lake panel stifles tax freeze lawsuit talk

CROWN POINT | Lake County Commissioners are postponing their threaten lawsuit against state-mandated property tax levy freeze that has spared taxpayers $60 million at the expense of local government revenues.

December 08, 2010 6:30 pm

Stroger era ends in Cook County

CHICAGO | Cook County Board President Todd Stroger presided over his last meeting Wednesday.

December 01, 2010 5:00 pm
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